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Ashland kennel helper charged with beating a young dog for not obeying

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Michael Edison pleaded not guilty to charges of kicking and slamming the head of a one-year-old black Labrador retriever to the floor last week while trying to get the dog to obey and retreat to his kennel at Camp Canine reported Boston's

Edison, 23, of Marlborough, was caught on a webcam camera repeatedly kicking the dog named Dexter because the playful canine wouldn't obey.

According to Ashland Police, Edison, who had been an employee at the facility for over two years, located at 202 Pond Street, had let the dogs out to relieve themselves. Mischievous and energetic Dexter wanted to run around, even though it was raining, and the video camera picked up Edison chasing the dog with a rake and then using the rake to try and hit Dexter

For a few moments, the two are off camera, but then Edison is again picked up dragging Dexter by the collar towards the kennel and kicking the dog multiple times. As the dog tries to escape from Edison and runs cowering to the safety of his kennel, the video picks up Edison kicking him again and slamming the dog's head to the floor.

Kennel owners, William Craig and his wife Kimberly Cardiff, became suspicious when they observed behavioral differences in the dog; that's when they decided to study the webcam. The couple, who recently purchased the kennel, were horrified when they saw the video.

Edison was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He is free on $1,000 bond and is not allowed to have any contact with animals.

There has been no update on Dexter's condition.

Edison is due back in court next month.

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